Looking to shake up your Easter egg decorating routine this year? You’ve come to the right place! This is the year to ditch the food coloring and learn how to decorate Easter eggs without dye. This list of alternative ways to decorate Easter eggs has everything from paint, to glitter, to natural stains for your eggs. Once you learn these fun and easy ways to decorate Easter eggs, you may never go back to traditional dying.

There are lots of different kits for Easter egg decorating for kids in stores, but you can create eggs that are just as beautiful with supplies you already have around your house.

These homemade Easter egg decorating ideas will give you adorable decorated eggs that your kids will love helping to make.

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Food Coloring:

This very traditional way of decorating eggs with food coloring is super easy!

You don’t need a fancy kit, just grab your favorite food coloring, some vinegar, boiled eggs and you are on your way to creating some beautiful eggs with your kids.

Decorating Easter Eggs With Crayons:

I normally don’t encourage my kids to color with crayons on anything except paper. BUT using crayons to decorate eggs is a great addition or alternative to dyed eggs for small children.

One way to decorate eggs with crayons is to draw designs on the eggs with crayons before you put them into the dye. Since the dye won’t stick to the crayon wax, you will be left with colorful eggs that have fun designs drawn on them.

Another way to decorate eggs with crayons is to draw on eggs that have been boiled, but not yet completely cooled. When you draw on the hot egg with the crayon, the crayon wax melts onto the egg. Just be careful the eggs are not too hot to touch!

How To Decorate Easter Eggs With Paint:

Using paint to decorate Easter eggs is one of the easiest and most fun ways to decorate Easter eggs in my opinion.

There are so many possibilities for painting eggs. Create fun patterns with paint brushes, paint them your favorite sports team’s colors, or start with a single layer of paint and then add more detail on top.

You can even use sponges, tissue paper, or decorate Easter eggs with napkins dipped in paint to create cool texture prints on your eggs. Just gently dab the napkin, tissue paper, or sponge with paint onto your egg to create a fun pattern.

Galaxy Easter Eggs:

Galaxy Easter eggs are perfect for any outer space lover in your house.

With a little paint, patience, and paint layering, you can create incredible interstellar eggs!

Glitter Easter Eggs:

Painting is a super fun decorating Easter egg idea, but do you know what makes everything more fun? GLITTER!

All the glitter lovers in your family will be full of excitement to make these sparkly glitter Easter eggs.

How To Put A Fun Twist On Traditional Easter Egg Dying:

Maybe you’re not quite ready to totally give up on food coloring! Here are some fun ideas for changing up how you normally decorate your eggs with dye.

Tie Dye Easter Eggs:

If you are a lover of tie dye like I am, you will love learning to create fun tie dye eggs with food coloring, rubber bands, and coffee filters.

Marbleized Easter Eggs:

Who knew food coloring and oil could work together to create amazing marbleized Easter eggs!

Naturally Dying Easter Eggs:

For a more natural approach to dying Easter eggs, you can try these blueberry dyed eggs. It is super easy to create the blueberry stain and use it to color your eggs.

After you learn how easy it is to create a fruit stain, you can experiment with other fruit and vegetable stains for more natural colors for your Easter eggs.

Kool-Aid Dyed Eggs:

If you love the idea of dying eggs a solid color, but want to try a different method besides food coloring, kool-aid dyed eggs are the ones for you.

This kid favorite delicious drink makes a quick and easy Easter egg dye.

Create Egg Creatures:

After your eggs are dyed, give them a little personality by transforming them into creatures using craft supplies you have at your house.

Adding pipe cleaner arms, googly eyes, washi tape, and tissue paper hair are just a few examples of how you can bring your eggs to life.

See if your child can make their egg into their favorite animal, or create their own new creature!

More Tips For How To Decorate Easter Eggs At Home:

  • Let your kids decorate Easter eggs that are plastic or wooden eggs. They will last longer than hard boiled cooked eggs and can be a good reuseable decoration. Mod podge the eggs, decorate them with puffy paint, or use spring stickers to create beautiful designs.
  • If you don’t know how to make hard boiled eggs for Easter decorating, there are many different methods out there. I always bring my eggs to a boil, turn off the burner and cover the pan with a lid and let them sit in the water for about 10-15 minutes. It may take a little bit of trial and error for you to find the right amount of time to make the perfect hard boiled egg for you.
  • Use the empty egg carton as an egg stand for drying your decorated eggs.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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